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Comment: Re:icewm (Score 1) 611

by KugelKurt (#47126105) Attached to: Which desktop environment do you like the best?

I've been testing out various distros since 1998, and that's been my experience all the way back: to run at the same clip as the concurrent Windows, linux (at least with the desktops of equivalent competence and featureset) needs about 3x the hardware under it.

Clip? What clip?
Are you referring to some internet video played using Flash? Flash under Linux is about as crappy as Flash under OSX. Officially Flash under Linux supports some form of video acceleration but I never saw it work properly. Luckily the world is moving to HTML5 video.

For a while AMD tried pushing their own video acceleration technology under Linux. AFAIK nothing noteworthy ever supported that. Luckily at least their open source drivers started supporting VDPAU, originally invented by NVidia. AMD's proprietary Catalyst drivers do not support VDPAU natively and require a small wrapper library.

Comment: Re:Windows 7 it is (Score 1) 611

by KugelKurt (#47124957) Attached to: Which desktop environment do you like the best?

Unfortunately, Windows 7 turns out to be much more stable, consistent, faster and more productive in every way compared to the mess of Gnome, Unity etc encountered these days with Ubuntu.

Duh. Canonical has very few resources to throw behind actual maintenance. Red Hat is the company to go for commercial-grade stability and support.

Comment: Re:icewm (Score 1) 611

by KugelKurt (#47124907) Attached to: Which desktop environment do you like the best?

Intel has probably spent an order of magnitude more engineering time in optimizing its Windows display drivers specifically for smooth motion under Aero.

Intel writes two completely different drivers. Their Windows driver shares zero code with Linux's. Therefore there are use cases in which Linux performs better and others where Windows is better.

Linux is also inherently more difficult to optimize for because it is far more diverse. This isn't a problem for more powerful CPUs and graphics cards, but those with less powerful devices are going to feel some pain.

If what you wrote were true, NT kernel-based Windows Phone 8 would easily run on hardware Linux (Maemo, MeeGo, low-end Android) runs.

Comment: Re:KDE 4 + Amaraok 2 were terrible ideas. (Score 1) 99

by KugelKurt (#44628453) Attached to: Amarok 2.8 "Return To the Origin" Released

Amarok never recovered after 2.0.

If Amarok was so bad, why is it so popular?
According to it has a rating of 4.5/5.0 and "High Activity" with 56 current contributors (400 overall; not even counting translations as they are in another repo (SVN not git)). That's a lot for only a music player.

Comment: Re: I use CentOS for those unless I have no choice (Score 1) 92

by KugelKurt (#44569737) Attached to: Fedora Core May Be Reborn

If Fedora "isn't stable enough for anything other then the desktop" then it's not stable enough for the desktop, either. I don't want free reboots on my desktop box while I'm trying to use it.

From my experience Fedora is about as stable as most Ubuntu releases with the distinct difference that Fedora actually gets updated throughout it life time.

Comment: Re:Yup Gnome 3 sucks (Score 1) 376

by KugelKurt (#44375147) Attached to: The Last GUADEC?

Gnome had the right idea (merging tablet and desktop interfaces)

That's not the right idea. The right idea is to create a set of building blocks that can easily be assembled into very different UI paradigms without compromising the others. KDE's Plasma framework has already been used to create desktop, netbook, tablet, and mediacenter shells.

Comment: Re:I just started working on gnome (Score 1) 376

by KugelKurt (#44375059) Attached to: The Last GUADEC?

I just became the maintainer of a small games project in gnome and I have to say, the lack of (wo)manpower really shows.

Even tough I share the criticism here about GTK, your example does not really mean a lot. In many big FOSS projects small subprojects are driven by maybe just a single developer. It's exactly the same in striving projects like KDE which also has fringe subprojects like some games or screensavers. Heck, recently even two Calligra apps lost their maintainer and nobody could step in.

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he'll invite himself over for dinner. - Calvin Keegan